The conference will include sessions on topics such as implicit bias training, race in policing, and recruitment and retention.
Law Enforcement In the News
The 2018 CACITA conference aims to share best practices among CIT officers, CIT presenters, behavioral health, and other health care professionals and community partners.
NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new report today that highlights statewide initiatives for supporting local-level specialized policing responses (SPRs) for people with mental illnesses. SPRs are designed to help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and supports, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 135, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that will redirect funds from corrections to communities.
Corbett also signed into law several other pieces of legislation, all related to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
NEW YORK—Criminal justice and mental health experts gather to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The CSG Justice Center, with the support of BJA, has convened more than 400 practitioners, researchers, and public officials to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
“They are people too, and some feel that they don’t belong,” police officer Gina Bell said simply before leaving the office dressed in her brown shirt and green pants, which designate the Homeless Outreach Street Team from regular patrol staff who are dressed in traditional blue. “It breaks my heart since we are trying to help them.”
Crisis-intervention training teaches officers to recognize symptoms of mental illness while conditioning them to decelerate their approach to someone in distress. Common tactics involve remaining at a distance to avoid startling or riling the person, attempting to persuade instead of demanding compliance, and posing open-ended questions to nurture conversation.
Police are being taught to use requests and explanations rather than commands to persuade subjects to comply. An officer might explain that he needs a driver to step out of the car so that he can see the driver doesn’t have a weapon, rather than ordering him to do so.